A small number of just 13 prime cattle were forward for Dingwall and Highland marts’ sale.

Prime bullocks sold to 200p for a 580kg Aberdeen-Angus cross from Easter Sheeppark, Balblair and £1257.30 for a 635kg Limousin cross from Dunain Mains, Inverness.

Heifers (11) averaged 195.1p (-14.5p) and trade reached 204p for a 580kg Limousin cross from Bridgend, Dingwall, and to £1272.60 for more of the same breed this time from Easter Sheeppark.

Also forward were 942 prime sheep, where an SQQ of 238.8p (+19.5p) was achieved.

Old season lambs (911) averaged 234.6p (+17.2p) peaking at 262.1p for a pen of 43.5kg Beltex crosses from Badrain, Culbokie, and £114 on two occasions for more of the same breed from Torgorm, Conon Bridge, and secondly for Beltex crosses from Badrain again.

Feeding sheep (31) sold to £131 for Texel cross ewes from Inveruglas, Kingussie.


A small entry of prime cattle were forward at C and D Auction Marts weekly sale, where a Limousin heifer from J Jardine, Yett, sold to 232p per kg.

The bulls topped at £1193.50 for a Charolais from Shancastle and for the same breed at 160p from Conheath.

The sale of 720 prime and store sheep resulted in hoggs averaging 235.2p per kg, selling to 263p for Texels from Farthingwell, and to £113.50 for more of the breed from Tinwald Shaws.


A strong show of primestock were forward for Lawrie and Symington’s weekly sale comprising of 31 prime cattle, nine cows and 690 prime sheep, cast ewes and rams.

Bullocks sold to 231p per kg twice, firstly for a 603kg British Blue cross, and secondly for a 585kg Limousin, both from Nethermyres. Per head topped at £1407 for a 607kg British Blue cross from the Gask.

Heifers peaked at 258p for a 544kg Limousin from West Bog, and to £1426.80 for a 580kg of the same breed from Nethermyres.

Prime sheep were in demand, with trade up 18.2p on the corresponding week. Hoggs sold to 271.4p for Beltex from Scobshaugh, and to £118 for Texels from Er Balgillo to average 224p.

Newton Stewart

Last Wednesday, 1306 prime and cast sheep were easily cashed and saw a significant rise at Craig Wilson Marts’ weekly sale.

Topping the sale was Texel ewes from G Milroy, Mains of Machermore, selling to £148.

Hoggs sold to average 213.2p, topping at £110 on three occasions, all from Miss M MacTaggart, Dunlop. Top pence per kg was a pen of Beltex from A Wright, Pinmore Mains, selling at 229.3p.

A strong show of Blackface wedder hoggs averaged 218.2p, peaking at £104 for a pen from J Mitchell and Son, Little Larg, with Garheugh Farm Partnership topping per kg at 221.9p.


All classes were in demand at United Auctions sale of 1949 prime sheep.

Old season lambs levelled out at 220.35p, selling to 243p for 40kg Beltex from Leitchestown, Deskford, and to £120 for 62kg Texels from Bardnaclavan, Westfield.

Ewes sold to £175 for Texels from Bardnaclavan, Westfield.

A mixed show of hoggs cashed in at the dearest rates, with export types witnessing the largest increase and in some cases were £10 sharper on the week.

Old season lambs were topped at £108 by Suffolk from Newbigging/Auchnarrow, whilst the ewes peaked at £130, for more of the same breed from Tullochallum.

Stirling (UA)

United Auctions had forward 4374 prime sheep comprising of 3333 old season lambs and 1041 ewes and rams.

Old season lambs sold to average 230.14p and peaked at £134 and 319p for Beltex lambs from Doune Farms.

Texels dominated the sale of 1041 prime ewes and rams, with ewes topping at £176 from Rosebank and rams selling to £130 from West Kirkton.


Craig Wilson sold 129 prime and cast cattle at their sale, meeting a similar trade to last week.

Limousin bullocks peaked at 221p from Burnockstone and to £1314.50 from JM Nisbet, Quality Butcher, Sorn.

Heifers averaged 215.9p, and reached a top price of 228p for a Limousin from Knockgerran and to £1343.10 for more of the same breed from Boreland.

Prime hoggs met the dearest trade of the season for 2096 prime and cast sheep. The whole sale averaged £101.02 and an SQQ of 235.8p. Trade peaked at £128 for Texels from Knockgerran and to 257.5p for Beltex from Lyonston.

Some 405 Blackface hoggs levelled at 220p per kg, selling to £116 and 232p for Craig, Straiton.


A smaller show was on offer at Penrith and District Farmers fortnightly sale of prime cattle.

Topping the sale at 219.5p was a 587kg Limousin heifer from D Raine, Old Parks.

Young bulls met a sharp trade once again with Messrs Somerville, Lansmere, selling Limousins to 206.5p.

At Penrith they also held their weekly sale of 3740 prime sheep, comprising of 2454 prime hoggs and 1286 cast ewes and rams, where an SQQ average of 236p was achieved, up 24p on the week, overall the sale levelled at £103.22 per head.

Texel ewes led the way at £186 from Holme Farm.

Topping the hogg trade at 300p was a pen of 38kg Texels from A Tiffen, Wham Head, and to £130 for a pen of 63kg Suffolk cross Mules from RC Mitchell and Sons, Mirkbooths.

St Boswells

A steady trade was met throughout at Harrison and Hetherington’s weekly sale, where bullocks and heifers levelled at 205p and 215p respectively.

Heifers (32) sold to 242p (+2p on the week), from Penston, whilst bullocks (13) topped at 227p (-6p on the week), from Wester Ulston.

Also forward were 1134 hoggs and 638 ewes, which sold to average 226p and £73.28 respectively.

Texel hoggs peaked at £132 from Crookston and 302p for Beltex from Kedzlie. Whilst ewe trade peaked at £140 for more Texels this time from Elmscleugh.


Limousin heifers led the way at Lawrie and Symington’s sale of 176 prime cattle comprising of 42 bullocks and heifers and six young bulls.

Heifers topped at 254p from Messrs Dickinson, Brockwoodlees, whilst bullocks peaked at 210p from Messrs Graham, Greenshilds, Carnwath.

The firm also had 1942 hoggs and 1598 cast ewes forward, which sold to an overall average of 235p and an SQQ of 238p. The sale topped at £134 and 307p for Texels from Struthers, Collielaw.

Stirling (Cale)

Caledonian Marts’ sale of prime cattle peaked at 240p for a Limousin heifer from W Dandie and Sons, Learielaw, Broxburn, and to £1482 for a Charolais from DS and RC Taylor, Easter Ochtermuthill, Muthill.

The sale of 148 cattle comprised of 71 bullocks, heifers, young bulls and 77 OTM cattle.

Bullocks were topped by W Dandie and Sons, again for Limousins selling to 235p and £1480.

Young bulls sold to 198p for more of the same breed this time from WI and AW Callion, Bolfornought, Stirling, and to £1314 for a Limousin from B Harper, Greenwells, California.

On Tuesday, the firm sold 1655 prime hoggs, ewes and tups, all classes of hoggs were sharper on the week, levelling at 230.6p (+8.6p on the week, +50p on the year).

Trade topped at 317p for 41kg Beltex from WM Bell and Son, Craigend, Perth, whilst top price per head went to more of the same breed from JB Guthrie, Cuiltburn selling at £132. 33.


The weekly sale of prime cattle at Mitchells Livestock Centre, had 67 cattle forward comprising of 34 cull cattle, 18 prime bulls and 15 clean cattle, 1581 prime sheep including 1239 hoggs and 342 cast ewes and rams.

Prime cattle continued to sell to high rates at this centre, topping at 195.5p was a Limousin cross dairy heifer from Messrs Bowe, Hunday, and to £1210.32 for a Limousin from TB Stamper and Sons, Rose Farm.

Steers sold to 192.5p for a Beef Shorthorn from TW West, Pickett Howe, whilst top gross peaked at £1372.40 for a Limousin from BW Hewitson, Shatton Lodge.

All classes of prime sheep met an electrifying trade, selling to £146 was Texel hoggs from Messrs Richardson, Low Garth and top pence per kg was 289.7p paid for Beltex hoggs from A and L Gott, Prospect House.


Despite a small show forward extreme rates were met at Harrison and Hetherington’s weekly primestock sale of sheep comprising of hoggs, ewes and rams, which sold to average 233p and an SQQ of 241p.

Texel ewes from Black Heddon, took the top spot selling for £157, whilst more of the same breed led the way in the hoggs per head at £120 from Springhill, pence per kg sold to 274.4p for Beltex from Lilburn Estates.


Some 44 prime cattle were forward for the fast selling sale at Aberdeen and Northern marts, where bullocks and heifers levelled at 192.7p and 202.1p respectively.

Leading the trade among the bullocks was a 685kg Limousin from Mains of Dumbreck, Udny, which sold for 201p per kg and £1376.85.

More of the same breed topped the heifers per head at £1372.80 for Farmton, Tough, whilst Charolais crosses from Cairncoullie, Glenkindie, topped the pence per kg at 215p.

The same day the firm also sold 3765 prime sheep and feeding ewes and rams.

Hoggs (2720) averaged 224.6p (+16.6p) and sold to 260p for 40kg Texels from Honeybank, Auchenblae, and to £113.50 for more of the same breed from Auchaber, Corse.


Herefords topped the cast cows at C and D Auction Marts sale, selling to 113p from A Taylor and Son, Hopestead, Eyemouth.

The firm also had forward 8275 sheep comprising of 5057 prime hoggs and 3218 cast ewes and rams at their weekly sale.

The whole sheep sale averaged £100.19 and 227.8p and an SQQ of 232.9p, a rise of 20p on the week.

Hogg trade peaked at 330p for Beltex from R and J Lines, Killocraw.


A larger entry of 522 prime cattle were on offer at Harrison and Hetherington’s weekly sale, which sold to a sharper trade on the week.

Top overall was a Limousin cross steer from Messrs Bowe, Bothel Parks, Wigton, receiving £1649.24, top pence per kg steer attained 216.5p for more of the same breed from Messrs Story, Newbigging, Carlisle.

Heifers from Messrs Pearson, High Plasket Lands, Maryport, achieved a top of £1490.41 for more Limousins, and a Limousin cross peaked at 231.5p for Messrs Wilson, Peteril Hill, Carlisle.

A total of 121 prime bulls were forward and met with a steadier trade on the week. Topping the sale was a Simmental bull from J and R Gracey, Moss Side of Gight, Fyvie, selling for £1641.50.

The weekly sale of prime and cast sheep trade remained fairly stable, with a sale average of £101.97.

Topping the sale at 230p and £125.80 was Texel hoggs from A and JM Forster, Weary Hall Style, Wigton.


Almost 1200 sheep were forward for Hawes Farmers Auction Marts’ sale comprising of 995 prime hoggs, and 198 cast ewes and rams.

Pence per kg topped at 276p for Continentals from R Mudd and Sons, Cubeck, with more of the same breed leading the way per head at £130 from Stockdale, Hallbank.


A bigger show and a stronger trade for all classes was witnessed at Hope’s Auctioneers sale of primestock.

Top among the 46 prime cattle was a 583kg heifer from Messrs Bowe, Mechi, selling to 224.5p, whilst bullocks led the way per head at £1530.77 from GN Bowe and Sons, Bothel Parks.

Texel ewes led the sheep trade at £177 from Messrs Peile, Greystoke Castle Farm.

Prime hoggs were up again on the week, averaging 286p and an SQQ of 290.0p, (+ 50p on the week). Trade peaked at £151 and 382.9p both for Beltex from R N Scott, West Micklethwaite.